Testing:  Our last promotion testing was on Saturday, August 19th.  It was a very good testing and everyone passed with flying colors.  Mr. Eric Randolph was promoted to 1st Dan, Black Belt.  Congratulate him the next time you see him.  We have also set the date for our next promotion test date:  Saturday, November 4th in the Large Gym at the Youth Center.  The doors will open at 8:30 am.  We will consider everyone who has trained with us for at least the last 3 months.  We will let you know next month who will be testing.  As of now, Ms. April Bowing will be testing for her 3rd Dan, and a number of Black Stripes will be testing for their 1st Dan.  It will be a testing not to miss, so mark your calendar now.  Please contact Mr. Todd or Mr. Bushor if you have any questions. 

Students of the Month:  Ms. Nikki Brumbaugh and Mrs. Lynne MacCaffrey have been selected as the Students of the Month for September.  They have demonstrated the tenants of Taekwon-Do in and outside of class.  Please visit the http://www.axetkd.com homepage to read about all of our Students of the Month.

Battle of the BeltsThe 18th annual Battle of the Belts will be held in Harrisburg, Missouri on September 16th.  We have attended this annual tournament for the past few years.  This is an excellent USTF tournament.  The cost is $25 for ages 15 and below, and includes Patterns and Sparring (no breaking allowed, though).  $30 for ages 16 and above, and includes Patterns, Sparring, and Breaking.  We will leave the Youth Center on Friday, September 15th at about 4:30 pm.  We will car pool to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri and camp out in Mr. Ranger’s Taekwon-Do school to save money.  Then leave early on Saturday morning and drive the additional distance to the tournament on the 16th.  We will return late Saturday evening.  We have quite a few students planning on attending, and it is still not too late to go, talk to either Mr. Todd or Mr. Bushor if you want to come with.

Future Events:

September 16th – Tournament – USTF Battle of the Belts, Harrisburg, Missouri

October 14th – USTF Referee Course – Axe Taekwon-Do

November 4th – Testing – Axe Taekwon-Do

December – Christmas Party – date to be determined

 Web News:  If you have any ideas for our web site located at http://www.axetkd.com please inform Mr. Bushor or Mr. Todd. 

 Setting and reaching your goals: (By Kevin A. Bushor, 5th degree)

About a month ago I achieved one of my long-range goals.  It took almost 14 years, but I was finally promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt.  When I started Taekwon-Do in this very school, Master Meek, my instructor, was a new 5th Dan himself and I thought it would take me forever and a day to reach that rank.  So I set my long-range goal to become a 5th Dan.  I thought that it was a reasonable goal that might some day be achievable, if I put my mind to it and stuck it out. 

I set many short-range goals along the way, primarily to learn a new pattern, technique, or get promoted to the next rank, but my main goal was to become a 5th Dan.  I hate to admit it, but there was a time when I didn’t think I could do it, and I even thought about quitting Taekwon-Do, but I persevered.  And now I have reached my long awaited goal, but I was at a loss as to where my Taekwon-Do was going to take me from here.  I even said I didn’t think I would ever test again, but of course, Mr. Todd has set me straight on that!

I didn’t realize I needed to set a new long-range goal.  What would be a realistic, reasonable, and achievable long-range goal for a 48 year old (yup, that’s right, 48)?  The first, obvious goal would be 9th Degree, Grand Master, and while it might be reasonable to think I could become a 9th Dan I’m not sure it is achievable.  Doing the math, I would be at least 74 years old before I would be eligible, provided I tested on time between now and then.  Even I think 74 is pretty old.  I noticed that I would be almost 60 by the time I could test for 7th Dan, Master Instructor.  That is a reasonable and achievable long-range goal, and it is only 11 or 12 years away.  So I have set other short-range goals to strive for between now and then, but more importantly, I now have a new long-rang goal.

Reaching your goals is a great feeling, but there is always a let down afterwards.  Take the time to periodically re-evaluating your goals, and don’t wait till the last minute to set new goals.






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